Full casting has been confirmed for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which receives its world premiere at the London Palladium on Tuesday 16th April 2002, following previews from 19th March 02.

Eighteen-year-old newcomer Emma Williams will play Truly Scrumptious, Michael Ball plays Caractacus Potts, Anton Rodgers as Grandpa Potts, Brian Blessed as The Baron , Nichola McAuliffe as The Baroness, Richard O'Brien the Child Catcher, and Edward Petherbridge as The Toymaker/Coggins.

The cast of over 40 also includes Helen Baker, Julie Barnes, Leo Bidwell, Peter Bishop, Darren Carnall, Stuart Chaffer, Ben Clare, Lisa Cook, Phyllida Crowley Smith, Ray C Davis, Ross Dawws, Steve Elias, Darren J Fawthrop, Nia Fisher, Ben Garner, Jocelyn Hawkyard, Emma Hennigan, David Henry, Graham Hoadly, Maria Holley, Nic Ineson, Nicholas Johnson, Bret Jones, Emma Kerslake, Robert Kramer, David Lee, Rory Locke, Remy Martyn, Gary Milner, Claire Morland, Liza Pullman, Matthew Rixon, David Ross, Tommi Sliiden, Scarlett Strallen, Lynsey Wise and Emil Wolk.

The film has been adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams, whose recent theatre work includes "Spend Spend Spend" and "Noises Off".

The show is designed by Anthony Ward, currently represented in the West End by "My Fair Lady".

Musical staging and choreography by Gillian Lynne, whose London credits include "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera", and the show will be directed by the Royal Shakespeare Company's Artistic Director Adrian Noble.

The production will have lighting by Mark Henderson and sound design by Andrew Bruce, with orchestrations and dance arrangements by Chris Walker and musical direction and supervision by Robert Scott.


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